Site Seeing: Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Chinatown, Darling Harbour Sydney

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After all of the excitement of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb and lunch at Pancakes on the Rocks, it was finally time to actually go see some of the sites we viewed from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We walked from the Rocks to the Circular Quay, took a free city bus from Circular Quay to Chinatown, then walked to Darling Harbour and finally to The Star Casino. It was a lot of site seeing and walking and a of Sydney covered in one afternoon.

Circular Quay

This area felt like the central location for everything in Sydney, you can pretty much get anywhere in Sydney via train, ferry, cruise, car, bus, etc. Making it very convenient for everyone to always be able to view the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

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We walked along the Circular Quay waterfront viewing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House at as many angles as Circular Quay would allow us to.

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Sydney Opera House

150907e Circular Quay _23 _SHWho doesn’t know the iconic Sydney Opera House? As one of the major icons of Sydney and Australia we just had to make our way over there for a few pictures.

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I was pretty amazed at the fact that we could see both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House from the same spot. And as we were approaching the Sydney Opera House it started getting quite crowded with people hanging out at the Opera Bar.
150907f Sydney Opera House _05We also walked inside to check out what was playing and just to check out what is inside. Anything Goes was playing that night and there are tours of the Sydney Opera House that are available in English, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, French, and German that will take you through the Opera House and a bit of an inside and history tour. We ended up opting out on all of the above because we had to head to Chinatown to meet up with my Mom’s friend.

Free Shuttle Service in Sydney CBD from Circular Quay to Chinatown

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Since Circular Quay is a central hub for transportation, it was not hard to find the Free Shuttle Bus in Sydney CBD (Central Business District) that takes us directly to Chinatown.

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And as we were waiting to meet with a family friend, we walked around Chinatown (this was the first of several visits to Chinatown).

On the corner of Hay and Sussex Street is a big gold plated tree fountain thing (cause it has water dripping from one of its tall branches). This unique tree holds quite a bit of symbolization for the Chinese settlers in Australia and incorporates the five natural elements  – of wood, water, earth, fire, and gold. And made a perfect meeting spot.

I also spotted a very popular little “hole in the wall” dessert shop; Emperors Puffs. I read about this place in several blogs and knew that I just had to try it. They have a big hand written sign saying “no photos” so I couldn’t get any pictures, but there is a girl inside making this little cream puffs and serving them to you as you order. They were really good fresh, and a yummy quick street food item.

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Walk from Chinatown to Darling Harbour to The Star Casino

This was a long walk and knowing my Auntie, I would never have expected a walk like this from her. But she parked her car at the Star Casino (free parking for some Casino members), and since she was parked there all day it was the best deal.

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This 25 minute scenic walk took us from Chinatown, we walked passed the Chinese Friendship Garden (which was mostly under construction), then through Darling Harbour (I guess we got a quick view of it), and finally to the Star Casino.

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Messina Gelato

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Ice cream is one of my favorite desserts and knowing that, my Auntie made sure that we stopped at Gelato Messina. There were quite a few people taking tubs of gelato home. I guess that’s a sign that their gelato is good. Plus, it’s nice that they actually give you carriers to keep the gelato from melting before it gets home.

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After a long walk, the gelato was a nice reward. I really wanted a fruity flavor, but there weren’t very many fruity flavors. My Auntie got the one fruity flavor I wanted; coconut and lychee and since I get to eat off of her of already I decided to go with a more basic flavor; green tea. It was a nice creamy gelato and definitely a high quality gelato.

They also have special flavors that get changed every week, so it sounds like it would be fun to keep coming back to see what new creations they come up with.

From there, we picked up the car to drive to the Sydney Tower for dinner (and more views of Sydney!).


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